Are newer windows more efficient than older ones and why is it important?

Windows are a weak area in your homes insulation and can be responsible for 25-50% of a home’s energy loss.

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CAL-1105-0002x-mod2Yes newer windows are more efficient. It’s important because, according to the US Department of Energy, heating and cooling a home represents 54% of your energy bill. Windows are a weak area in your homes insulation and can be responsible for 25-50% of a home’s energy loss. Over time that can add up to a substantial amount. Consumers have demanded better windows and manufacturers have made them.

Unlike older windows, new energy efficient windows have multiple panes of glass with a pocket of air or gas trapped in between the panes. Argon is the most frequently used gas. It, like all the gasses used in windows, is non-toxic, colorless, and odorless. A gas layer is important because it slows down the transfer of energy through the window just like a layer of insulation does to your walls. Double pane windows have become the standard but if you want even better performance you can get triple pane windows. The more panes and more dense the gas used the better your performance. A side benefit to this gas layer is it tends to reduce sound transfer as well.

Another element to a better energy performing window is using specially formulated coatings on the glass. Low E glass has a layer of transparent metallic oxide applied during it’s manufacture. This layer reflects infrared and ultraviolet (UV) light. This helps to keep heat in in the winter and out in the summer. A side benefit to keeping the UV light out is it protects your home from these damaging rays.

If you are looking to replace your windows give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online www.k-designers.com. We’ll help you to make the best decision for your needs.

Reduce Your Energy Bill

Heating and cooling costs can represent 54% of your energy bill. The older your home the more money you spend to maintain a comfortable temperature in your home. Why, because older homes were built with less energy efficient methods and materials. Homes built between 2000 and 2005 used 14% less energy per square foot than homes built in the 1980s and 40% less energy per square foot than homes built before 1950.

Energy_consumption
Energy Consumption

Improvements in the products that go in your home and how your home is built have kept energy consumption per square foot about even for the last 30 years. Inflation and increases in the average size of homes means the average home owner is spending more on energy every year. It’s easy to see why upgrading areas of your home to more modern and efficient products can save you money.

Insulation
When your home was built it probably only included standard insulation. If this is true consider adding a radiant energy reflection insulation like Esheild 11000 to your home. It reflects back 97% of radiant heat hitting it. Radiant heat accounts for 93% of the heat energy coming into your home via the attic during summer and 50% of the heat loss via your ceiling in the winter time. It is installed on the underside of your roof to keep the heat out and on the floor of your attic to keep heat in.

Windows
Older less well made windows are another area your home allows outside weather to affect your home. Window technology has come a long way. Glass can be coated with filter films to protect your home from sun damage while reflecting other spectrum’s of light that heat up your home. Multiple panes of glass with inert gas sandwiched between the panes increase the insulation value drastically over just a single pane of glass. In addition to more energy efficient windows consider adding storm windows. Storm windows are added to the exterior or interior of your existing windows. Storm windows aren’t normally left up year round. When not needed they are removed and put in storage.

Storm Doors
Any entrance/exit to your home is a location for heat loss or gain. Doors don’t have the same insulation value that a wall has and it has seems that can allow air in or out. Adding a storm door to the exterior or your door will boost the insulation and provide a better air seal. In addition you gain the added ventilation or light options a storm door brings.

Insulated Siding
If you are considering changing your siding then it’s time to consider spending more and getting insulated siding. What’s in your homes walls can’t be easily changed without a lot of effort so it’s an ideal opportunity to increase your homes overall energy efficiency while increasing your homes beauty.

Give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit us online www.k-designers.com and we’ll walk you through all of these options and more.

So do you want grids with that?

K-Designers replacement windows and patio door with gridsGrids? When talking about windows it’s not an unexpected question. Grids refer to dividers installed on the interior, exterior and even in between the panes of your window. They are used to imitate a particular design style or construction method. An example of a style of window is Colonial. Windows of this type are characterized by multiple (6-20) smaller panes of glass (or lites) which are all the same size. But window makers don’t really make true Colonial style windows anymore.

In the past glass was the single most expensive part of a window. Flat sheet glass was difficult to produce especially in larger sizes. This led to windows being made up of smaller pieces held together in a grid or frame up to whatever size window they wanted. Now glass is produced in larger sheets and cut down to most standard window sizes making glass no longer the deciding factor in how a window is made.

There are other factors in how a window looks, primarily energy efficiency, but for the most part the consumer can choose style as the main deciding factor in choosing a new or replacement window. Window grids help greatly in making a window unique, conforming to the neighborhoods overall design (so your home doesn’t stick out) or to simply match your homes existing style when updating outdated or damaged windows.

Grids are made of a variety of materials (vinyl, aluminum, fiberglass etc) and come in a variety of styles and patterns. Depending on the manufacturer and model you might even be able to create your own grid lines.

Grids aren’t just for windows. They apply to doors as well. Doors comprised primarily of glass are usually made by a window company and come with most if not all the same features. This comes in handy when you want your window grids to match your sliding glass door.

If you are looking for new or replacement windows or patio door for your home, or are looking for more information give K-Designers a call 800-728-3902 or visit www.k-designers.com.